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Blog - UK weather: Gritters sent out as heatwave melts Britain’s roads and hosepipe ban set to come into force

Roads have begun to melt, train tracks have reached temperatures of 49C and a hosepipe ban is set to come into force as the UK basks in the ongoing heatwave.

The hot weather has led to the unusual sight of gritters being used in the summer. They are normally deployed during cold snaps to stop road surfaces from freezing, but a number of councils are using the vehicles to spread crushed rock dust as temperatures soar.

Some roads have become so hot that they have started to melt and stick to tyres. Crushed rock particles are being spread by councils to create a non-stick layer between roads and vehicles.

Local authorities in Cumbria, Lancashire, Doncaster and Hampshire are among those using gritters…